“fear of what i love will prove lethal to those i love” —raymond carver // what i’m reading this week. his poems are better, more heartbreaking and feel more personal than his short stories tbh
back to our regularly scheduled book content. i read tumble home and loved it, read at the gates of the animal kingdom, as well. i remember reading hempel’s famous short story “at the cemetery where al jolson is buried” and crying, lol. and maybe like many people i remember learning about her short story “the harvest” from Chuck Palahniuk / because of Tom Spanbauer’s dangerous writing workshop. the harvest was the first short story i ever read, really, that changed my worldview on what writing could be, what it could sound like. that was years ago. interesting to come back to hempel now after having read/learned so much more. not sure how i feel about this collection yet, though there are things that still surprise me here. did you read this book? how’d you feel about it?
my short story, LIVESTREAM, about a cam girl who ponders her pregnancy while on a road trip, is up on @joylandmag today! this is the first short story i’ve published since last year!! link is in the bio
steppin out on summer like
There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.